North Division Trade Targets: Top player to trade for from each team

Feb 17, 2021; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Vancouver Canucks center J.T. Miller (9) screens in front of Calgary Flames goaltender Jacob Markstrom (25) during the first period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

The NHL trade deadline is less than two months away. Let’s take a look at one potential trade target from each team in the North Division. They will range from names churning in the rumor mill to some intriguing possibilities as well.

North Division NHL Trade Targets

Calgary Flames – Sam Bennett (C, RFA at $2.55M): The 24 year-old has only 3 points in 17 games. He is a tough and nasty center many teams will covet for a playoff run.

Edmonton Oilers – Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (FWD, UFA at $6M): At 27 years of age, the forward will be a UFA at season’s end. He has 18 points in 20 games and will fetch a nice return if the Oilers don’t think they can sign him.

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Oilers and Nugent-Hopkins no longer talking (NHLI)

Montreal Canadiens – Phillip Danault (C, UFA at $3.083M): The Habs have a lot of centers and both sides are saying the right things. It is still plausible that no extension will be reached making the 27 year-old Danault a target at the deadline.

Ottawa Senators – Erik Gubranson (D, UFA at $4M): The Sens will have plenty of players to trade, but as a target I think teams will be asking for the 29 year-old defenseman.

Toronto Maple Leafs – Zach Hyman (FWD, UFA at $2.25M): I doubt the Leafs want to part ways with the 28 year-old, but he’s going to want a nice raise and term on his next deal. Simple math says they will need to listen to offers.

Vancouver Canucks – J.T. Miller (LW, 2 years left at $5.25M): The Canucks are likely going to have to make some serious decisions at the deadline. With their cap issues, they may look to move the 27 year-old Miller who scored 27 goals and 72 points last season. He currently has 16 points on the year and would fetch a nice haul of young cost effective players/picks from many teams.

Winnipeg Jets – Pierre Luc-Dubois (C, 1 year left at $5M): I know what you’re thinking, they just got him. But things haven’t started off well and the Jets have to ask Dubois is he’s open to signing a long term deal there. If I’m asking these questions, you don’t think other GM’s aren’t?

I’ve learned one thing covering this game – nothing surprise me anymore.

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Feb 11, 2021; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; Ottawa Senators left wing Nick Paul (13) chases down Winnipeg Jets left wing Pierre-Luc Dubois (13) in the second period at Bell MTS Place. Mandatory Credit: James Carey Lauder-USA TODAY Sports

Note: Come back tomorrow for East trade targets!